Okay - I'm quoting Paul's comments here
[i]"I hope that the words and comments are read as "friendly conversational" and not demonstrative..."[/i]
Of course. Paul has obviously worked hard with my song and his criticism is constructive and helpful. I am very grateful for this. I'll be going over everything he wrote and did with a view to making a better mix than my first try.
[i]"[b]First Impressions:[/b] Wow, this is a loud mix for such an easy going tune. Why? Its very effected for sure, but it has a vibe that I like. Old school in a new way. The voice is really forward and intense from 500hz to 1.5K. Those guitar string squeaks. Ouch. That is a lot of low end â€“ is that why the loop doesnâ€™t sound cohesive? There is something about the rawness that I really dig and donâ€™t want to lose whatever I do. Keep it simple. That guitar bend is too flat. â€œNails on a chalkboardâ€ â€“ I can kind of hear that. It really pushes on such a simple tune. "[/i]
The mix is loud because I thought it was the thing to do at the end of mixing. I'll be careful this time to ease up a bit on that.
I would not have spotted the voice EQ thing, but agree it is forward and intense. Probably I was too close to the mike and also mixed it loud. I will look at the vocal's EQ as well tho' I despair because, to me, EQ is tougher than Barbie's math class.
The guitar bend is off â€“ I need to re-record it, along with the vocals and acoustic guitars
[i]"Taking a look and listen: OMG â€“ there are EIGHT plug-ins on the master bus. The Gain plug in isnâ€™t doing anything so I bet was used to check it for mono compat. I would have put that last in the chain after the other stereo-ness junk. Hmmm, he has the MultiMeter BEFORE the Directional Mixer which is widening the mix. Therefore, as the phase starts to get mucked up with the DirMix, it wonâ€™t show up on the MultiMeterâ€™s correlation meter. Assuming that is why it is there. But wait, there is a second MultiMeter at the end of the plug-in chain! Ah ha. Ok this one is post Multipressor, Direction Mixer, Exciter (eek), and an AdLimiter. What was the first MultiMeter for?
Let me bypass all the plugs and take a listen. Hmmmm, it gets a lot warmer and the squeaking guitars arenâ€™t as squeaky. Too exciter excited? God knows Iâ€™ve binged too hard before. But when itâ€™s bypassed there are some good qualities of the mix that go away as well, so I will have to revisit that. "[/i]
I blame Logic's 'Final Hip Hop' preset and my dependence on it. This will be the first of many examples of my using effects presets and mix presets without â€œlooking atâ€ what they are doing. DirMix and Exciter will go and if I use the Gain, I will try and make sure I know why.
[i]"[b]Backstory and low end:[/b] I have a system with NS10s and a subwoofer. The subwoofer handles 80Hz on down. I can monitor with just the NS10s, just the subwoofer, or both. I check to see what is in the subwoofer. Mostly a lot of kick. A huge whole heck of a lot. "
[/i]I have $70 Samson RH600 headphones and $40 Logitech speakers ($25 tin ears).